The Zaandam was the first liner to call at Charlottetown this season, in April.
Passengers and crew members made approximately 236,000 visits to land during their respective cruises from April to August, compared to approximately 157,000 visits in 2022, according to Ms. Rumley.
We know that cruise passengers are likely visiting more than one port in the region and, by extension, this also means they could spend at multiple ports. The same goes for crew members and the cruise ships themselves, so wherever possible we use the phrase "passenger visits" to better understand the economic impact, explains Sarah Rumley.
The ports of Sydney and Corner Brook saw an increase of 74% and of 58% of cruise-related activities in 2023 compared to 2022.
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Corner Brook and Sydney have surpassed 2019 figures, welcoming record numbers of cruise ships and visitors, says Sarah Rumley.
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A cruise ship in Sydney Harbor, Nova Scotia. (File photo)
The Port of Saint John was a finalist in the Port of the Year category this fall at the Seatrade Cruise Awards ceremony which took place in Hamburg, Germany. The port of Haugesund in Norway won the prize.
The industry does not yet have an estimate of its economic impact in 2023, but she points out that it was a question of 2,000 jobs and an impact of $347 million before the COVID-19 pandemic.
With information from Margaux Tertre
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